Low Carbon Incentive Program

INCENTIVE PROGRAM ADOPTED

On April 20, 2021 Council adopted District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw 2200, 2011 Amendment Bylaw (Low Carbon Incentive Program) No. 2807, 2021 in order to establish a Low Carbon Incentive. This program is intended to minimize the environmental impact of housing development in Squamish by discouraging the use of high-carbon energy sources used in residential construction.

INCENTIVE PROGRAM INTENTION

Homes which use high carbon energy sources such as natural gas produce significantly more greenhouse gas emissions than those with low carbon energy sources, such as electricity.

To limit these emissions, the Low Carbon Incentive Program reduces the permitted maximum size of residential construction by one third if a high carbon energy source is used within the building. Buildings that use only Low Carbon energy sources such as baseboard heaters, heat pumps and electric hot water tanks can build to full size.

WHAT THIS MEANS

HOW IS LOW CARBON MEASURED AND REGULATED?

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?

Details about the bylaw approval process can be found within the following reports to Council:

More information about the planning process that was used to develop the Low Carbon Incentive Program can be found at this project specific webpage, which reflects issues under consideration during the bylaw development process.

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